Furman University to Get Grocer, but Which One?


Land has been cleared and plans submitted for a grocery store on 14 acres near Furman University. The site, scrubbed of trees after weeks of grading, sits at the corner of Old Buncombe and Duncan Chapel roads, across from Holmes Bible College and a Publix-anchored shopping center.

Cypress Equities out of Dallas has proposed to build a 41,000-square-foot grocery store with six fuel pumps and a kiosk, according to plans filed with Greenville County.

Steve Armstrong, senior project manager for the development firm, said he couldn’t disclose the name of the retailer, though a grand opening for the project is set for early next year.

County planners and the Planning Commission have already agreed to rezone the site, as did County Council’s Planning and Development Committee earlier this month. The more intense commercial zoning was approved over the concerns of several nearby residents and members of the county’s Historical Preservation Commission who want to see an old graveyard on the property preserved.


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